HarmonyOS: Huawei Finally Launches Its Own Operating System

After several conflicting statements over the past few months, Huawei has finally unveiled its most anticipated in-house operating system called the Harmony OS for international markets and HongMeng OS for its home market, China.

This microkernel-based distributed OS was announced today at the Huawei annual developer’s conference where the consumer group CEO Richard Yu told attendees that this new platform will support smartphones, smart speakers, computers, smartwatches, wireless earbuds, cars, and tablets.

The operating system has been launched in the wake of the US trade ban against China where the US government put Huawei and more than 60 affiliates in an entity list, restricting US firms from conducting businesses with the Chinese giant. Even though President Donald Trump partially lifted the ban, the US commerce department is still banning Huawei.

Harmony OS is more powerful and secure than Android. Can it be installed on smartphones? Of course.

Hence, the operating system is part of Huawei’s back up plan in case things go south, but for now, the company will go forward with using Android for its smartphones.

The operating system according to CEO Richard Yu is better than Android. Without providing any proofs he said:

HarmonyOS is more powerful and secure than Android. Can it be installed on smartphones? Of course.

The company CEO also said:

A modularized HarmonyOS can be nested to adapt flexibly to any device to create a seamless cross-device experience. Developed via the distributed capability kit, it builds the foundation of a shared developer ecosystem.

As per Huawei’s statement at the conference, the company is looking to launch the operating system with its smart screen products in the fourth quarter of this year. In an emailed press release, the company stated:

HarmonyOS 1.0 will be first adopted in its smart screen products, which are due to launch later this year. Over the next three years, HarmonyOS will be optimized and gradually adopted across a broader range of smart devices, including wearables, Huawei Vision, and head units for your car.

Harmony OS is an Open source platform that will support a range of apps, specifically noting that HTML5, Linux and Android apps will be compatible. Apart from this, the ARK Compiler used in HarmonyOS app development will also support Kotlin, Java, Javascript, C, and C++.


  • Launches? So where are the devices running this HarmonyOS? Did they even give a running demo of the OS? No. The whole conference was based on talking about how HarmonyOS is this and that, empty words.

  • Huawei will soon have enough apps to make Google eco-system useless. Good bye Google. Thankfully China has delivered on their promises.

  • Which planet are you guys living on? Huawei is known for delivering substandard software (unless copied from somewhere else!)

    • These people think that Huawei can do in less than 1 year what Google has spent more than a decade perfecting. Huawei has had poor record with its own software.

      Their OS isn’t even open source and they’re going to restrict root access to it. It’s going to be dead on arrival.

      • The Harmony OS is open source, mate!! If fellow Chinese brands join hands and developers on board then it has potential to develop. Huawei has already released Honor Smart TV with their new OS.

        • Correction: Harmony OS IS NOT open source, “mate”! Huawei said it will make the Harmony OS open source at a later date. When is that later date? Nobody knows. Secondly, developers won’t be easy to get onboard. That’s something Samsung failed at with Tizen, Microsoft failed at with Windows Phone, Nokia failed at with Symbian. I could go on but you get the idea, don’t you, “mate”?

        • It is not open source, “mate”!! Huawei said it will make the Harmony OS open source at a later date. When is that later date? Nobody knows. Secondly, developers won’t be easy to get onboard. That’s something Samsung failed with Tizen, Microsoft failed with Windows Phone, Nokia failed with Symbian. I could go on but you get the idea, don’t you, “mate”??


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